Francis Matthew is the Editor-at-Large of Gulf News, focusing on social and political writing and interviews. He is a regular commentator on the region on TV and radio, and has contributed to a variety of international conferences on Gulf affairs. He has worked in the Middle East as a journalist for 30 years, with occasional spells in Europe.
Francis is the co-editor of Building a Nation and The Rise of a Nation, two pictorial histories of the UAE including many previously unpublished pictures.
Prior to his present post, he was the Managing Editor of Al Nisr Media, responsible for managing the launch of the weekly tabloid newspaper Xpress, and several magazines.
From 1995 to 2004, Francis was the Editor of Gulf News, helping to build its position as the Gulf’s largest English language newspaper. From 1987 to 1995 he worked in London, Dublin and Brussels, with Lafferty Group, EMAP, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to this Francis worked in the Middle East as a journalist based in Egypt, Lebanon, and Yemen.
Francis speaks Arabic, and studied Arabic and Islamic History for his BA at Exeter University.